There’s a notion in fraud auditing that the auditor should “think like a thief.” I am going to go out on a ledge and raise the question: Is the idea of thinking like a thief a silly suggestion? I ask you, were raised to think like a thief? Did your parents compliment you on your lying skills? Did your teachers praise you on your ability to cheat on a test? Do you and your associates discuss how to steal from your employer at the lunch table? Certainly, the answer is no!
Fraud Auditing, Detection, and Prevention Blog
Let’s start out with a question: Is the audit profession doing a better job today than 20 years ago in responding to the risk of fraud in audits?
Various studies indicate that whistle blowers and accidents are still the number one reason for detecting frauds while the audit process is still on the bottom of the list. So, I guess the answer to the question is “no!”
I do not, however, think this is a reflection on the people working in the profession but rather the tools, or lack there of, that auditors are using in the audit.